To support in-country activities, the 2030 WRG has been developing an open-source, global, public-private knowledge base of good practices on water transformation with the help of the Stockholm International Water Institute. In its final form, the catalogue will include – for each lever of the cost curve – international and local best-practice examples, concrete solutions and their providers (also commercial), expertise, advice, new ideas, and innovations in water management across all key sectors and technologies. This knowledge base has been requested by governments and fits into the overall 2030 WRG value proposition of increasing the access of governments and businesses to local and international good practices.
The 2030 WRG and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water submitted this report to the Planning Commission of India. The primary purpose of the report was to find the evidentiary basis for proposing reforms in the water sector and to serve as an input to the deliberations for the 12th Five-Year Plan.
As an important step toward the understanding of the water-food-energy-climate nexus, the World Economic Forum Water Initiative helped publish this book, which collects perspectives on the common water challenges we share from government leaders, religious groups, business, non-governmental organizations, academics, entrepreneurs, financial experts, journalists, trade specialists, and many others. Issues covered – including agriculture, trade, national security, business, and innovative water partnerships – set out the case for how crucial it is to overhaul our management of freshwater to meet our future social and economic needs.
This book is an important and comprehensive piece of work that seeks to deepen the awareness and understanding of the nexus, which spans across the issue of water, and to explore solutions to the water scarcity challenge ahead.
This report was developed to take a first step in providing greater clarity on the scale, costs, and tradeoffs of solutions to water scarcity. It is the result of a year-long collaboration involving the International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group), McKinsey & Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Barilla, New Holland Agriculture, Nestlé, SABMiller plc, Standard Chartered Bank, and Syngenta AG; relied on the input of over 300 specialists and public sector practitioners as well as the consistent guidance of a group of expert advisors.
In South Africa, water demand is expected to rise over the next 20 years while its supply is likely to decline. Persistently poor usage habits, physical and commercial water losses, and ecological degradation such as the loss of wetlands, have been among the chief causes of the impending crisis.
The Indian State Government of Karnataka recently co-published a brochure with the 2030 WRG to highlight opportunities for the private sector to collaborate with the government and public institutions specifically on water conservation measures. One such measure is the sugarcane drip initiative for which Karnataka is currently mobilizing corporate social responsibility contributions.